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Preventing hazardous noise and hearing loss during project design and operation
  • Published Date:
    November 2015
  • Language:
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  • Corporate Authors:
    National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
  • Series:
    DHHS publication ; no. (NIOSH) 2016-101
    Workplace design solutions
  • Description:
    Integrating Prevention through Design (PtD) concepts into business processes helps reduce injury and illness in the workplace, as well as costs associated with injuries. PtD lays the foundation for a sustainable culture of safety with lower workers' compensation expenses, fewer retrofits, and improved productivity. When PtD concepts are introduced early in the design process, resources can be allocated more efficiently. Exposure to high noise levels in the workplace can cause hearing loss and affect worker productivity and compensation costs. This document describes case studies in which noise controls were implemented that reduced worker noise exposure. NIOSH recommends considering PtD concepts and incorporating engineering noise controls during the project design phase of processes and operations.

    Suggested citation: NIOSH [2015]. Workplace design solutions: integrating PtD concepts into project design and operations to reduce occupational noise-induced hearing loss. Morata T, Hayden C, Driscoll D, Stephenson CM, Clegg PM, Afanuh S. Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2016-101.

    NIOSHTIC No 20047092

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